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tamarind

Help Brambles !

Does anyone have any tips for getting rid of brambles that doesn't involve chemicals? They are slowly but surely encroaching on the garden and I could really do with some advice!

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Elpe

Brambles

There's an interesting conversation here which might offer some help.
http://www.allotments-uk.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=631
Good luck!

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sandra

Brambles

As their roots will find Oz quite happily I'm afraid your only hope is to use chemicals. I'm just about organic but on some occasions have to use Glyphosate.Brambles being a case in point !!Bindweed another.
Wait until they are showing quite a bit of new growth and paint the leaves.
Probably need a couple of applications if you have a lot of the bu**ers ! Good luck

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tamarind

Brambles

Thanks for the advice. I'll check out the link and as a last resort I guess I'll have to resort to the weedkiller route ( no pun intended honest!)

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Welshcookie

Brambles

You can get rid of them by digging them up. Start by cutting them to the ground. I speak from scrammed experience. New, much weaker plants will grow from any roots left in, but normal cultivation will get rid of them. It may take a couple of years, but if you keep at it you WILL succeed.

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tamarind

brambles

"You can get rid of them by digging them up. Start by cutting them to the ground. I speak from scrammed experience. New, much weaker plants will grow from any roots left in, but normal cultivation will get rid of them. It may take a couple of years, but if you keep at it you WILL succeed."

Thanks for the tip,looks like I have some backbreaking work ahead of me!!!

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Chazza

Help Brambles !

Welshcookie is spot on.

Some new neighbours just tamed their bramble jungle by getting the local gardening service to clear the surface, dig down one spade's depth to remove the tops of the roots, then turf the entire area.

We wise old gardening heads were all waiting for it to grow back in seconds, but they just mowed the lawn every time there was a few inches of bramble sprout and now the spikey little swine seem to be gone completely. It took a year.

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joberg

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best way to clear brambles, get a really good set of sharp hedging shears, hack them down then go over them with a lawn mower. If its a massive patch I would trample them down first before hacking, by walking over them on a big board, say 4 ft by 6ft piece of plywood,or a big piece of thick cardboard. this will break up all the old stems first and crush all the stems together for fast cutting. Then mow them up, rake them away.if you see any regrowth mow them again.If its in a bed then dig out the roots. no need for chemicals that will leave toxins in your plants.

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Brambles

Glycophosphate ("round up") doesn't poison the soil or leave toxins. It is an organic compound that is absorbed through the leaf and breaks down on contact with the soil. It is also safe to use around children and pets (let it dry first obviously), so as weed killers go is pretty 'friendly'.

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SonyaK

Brambles

"As their roots will find Oz quite happily I'm afraid your only hope is to use chemicals."

I wondered how they got here!!

They are a noxious weed over here and have to be removed - we've always used glyphosphate. As ES says it is fairly 'friendly' and the other way always seemed like too much hard work for no lasting effect!! (or so we thought).

 
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